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The Cultural Uses of the Caesars on the English Renaissance Stage

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The Cultural Uses of the Caesars on the English Renaissance Stage by Lisa Hopkins
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Caesarian power was a crucial context in the Renaissance, as rulers in Europe, Russia and Turkey all sought to appropriate Caesarian imagery and authority, but it has been surprisingly little explored in scholarship. In this study Lisa Hopkins explores the way in which the stories of the Caesars, and of the Julio-Claudians in particular, can be used to figure the stories of English rulers on the Renaissance stage. Analyzing plays by Shakespeare and a number of other playwrights of the period, she demonstrates how early modern English dramatists, using Roman modes of literary representation as cover, commented on the issues of the day and critiqued contemporary monarchs.

Author Biography

Lisa Hopkins is Professor of English at Sheffield Hallam University, UK.
Release date NZ
March 28th, 2008
Series edited by Helen Ostovich
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Ashgate Publishing Limited
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